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Details about the Covenant

You must complete the following steps to participate in IU's 21st Century Scholars Program.

  • Apply to IU early in the fall of your senior year of high school and be accepted for admission to a bachelor's degree program at IU Bloomington.
  • Sign and mail your 21st Century Scholars pledge affirmation on time.
  • File for state and federal financial aid by completing and submitting the FAFSA on or before March 10.
  • Enroll as a full-time bachelorís degree student at IU Bloomington in the fall semester immediately following your senior year of high school.

Important reminders

  • All required forms must be filled out correctly and filed on time.
  • You must be enrolled full-time.
  • The most important form is the FAFSA, which you must file every year. It will determine how much (if any) money your family will be expected to contribute before the scholarship is awarded.
  • The federal government oversees the FAFSA process. Colleges and universities do not determine a student's expected family contribution

21st Century Scholars Program Overview

The following information is also provided on the 21st Century Scholars Program Website at:


To be eligible for the 21st Century Scholars Program, you must:

  • Be an Indiana resident as an applicant and award recipient (determined by residency of parent/legal guardian).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade at a charter, freeway, or other Indiana school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education.
  • Complete and return the 21st Century Scholars application by June 30 of your 6th, 7th, or 8th grade year.
  • Meet income requirements as defined on the 21st Century Scholars application, be a ward of the court/county, or be in foster care.
  • Make a commitment to fulfill the program's pledge at the time of application and reaffirm the pledge as a high school senior.
  • Apply on time for state and federal student financial aid.

21st Century Scholars Pledge